Like a sacred cow in the Hindu culture, even if it has rabies the health system ideology cannot be touched.
Labour leadership contender Owen Smith has accused the government of having “a secret plan to privatise the NHS” in England.
In a speech, Mr Smith said NHS spending on the private sector has doubled to £8.7bn during the six years the Conservatives have been in power.
The Department of Health said his analysis was “simply wrong”.
Meanwhile, leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants a “National Education Service” based on NHS principles.
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- Reality Check: Has private contracting in the NHS doubled?
3 days ago in the Express: Tories ‘have secret plan to privatise NHS’ says Owen Smith
3 days ago BBC: Reality Check: Has private contracting in the NHS doubled?
2 days ago in the Guardian Dennis Campbell reportds: How much is the government really privatising the NHS? = Figures show privatisation to be less of the explosion that Owen Smith warns about and more a gradual, inexorable rise in the outsourcing of services
Peter Hill reports in the express 16th August: The NHS is sacred and politicians are scared of it, – THE NHS lurches from crisis to worse. Hospitals openly admit they can’t cope, operations are cancelled, patients lie on trolleys for 12 hours, drugs are denied, it’s even harder to see your local doctor and don’t bother to try A&E instead.